The college football season is under two months away and fans can now look forward to players who will make major impacts for their teams. If they play well enough by the end of the season, they will be All-Americans. This will give a look of who could make the list by the end of the season. Here are the College Football 2019 Preseason All-American Teams.
First Team Offense
Quarterback: Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
After he finished the season with great production and a National Championship, Lawrence will be looking to compete for a Heisman Trophy this season.
Running Backs: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin; Travis Etienne, Clemson
Taylor has been electric in his first two seasons at Wisconsin with over 4,000 rushing yards already. He will likely rise up the rankings of the career leaders in rushing yards this season.
Clemson will have a stacked backfield once again with Lawrence and Etienne. He averaged 8.1 yards per carry last season and recorded 26 total touchdowns.
Wide Receivers: Jerry Jeudy, Alabama; CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
Alabama may have their best receiver since Julio Jones or Amari Cooper in Jeudy, who can cut on a dime. He got his feet wet as a freshman, but exploded onto the scene last year with 1,315 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.
Lamb has been at Oklahoma for two seasons and has played with two Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks. Last season, he had 1,158 receiving yards and will have to break in another talented quarterback in Jalen Hurts.
Tight End: Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri
The last two years at Missouri, Okwuegbunam has had over 400 receiving yards with Drew Lock throwing him the ball. Now he will be a top target for Kelly Bryant.
Offensive Tackles: Andrew Thomas, Georgia; Trey Adams, Washington
Thomas has played both right and left tackle in his career and has played in big games for the Bulldogs. While he has battled injuries, Adams is a quality tackle when on the field and he has plenty of experience.
Offensive Guards: Tommy Kraemer, Notre Dame; Shane Lemieux, Oregon
Both guards could have gone in the 2019 NFL Draft if they chose to do so. Kraemer started his career at tackle, but both he and Lemieux have plenty of experience.
Center: Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
After being an All-Big Ten First Team selection last season, Biadasz is back to clear holes for Jonathan Taylor.
First Team Defense
Defensive Ends: Chase Young, Ohio State; A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
When Nick Bosa went down with an injury last season, Young stepped up with 14.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. Epenesa led Iowa in sacks and tackles for loss in 2018 and is expected to be one of the first picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Defensive Tackles: Raekwon Davis, Alabama; Derrick Brown, Auburn
Davis is versatile as he can play anywhere on a defensive front. He had a better 2017 season than he did in 2018, but without Quinnen Williams, he’ll likely produce a lot again this season. Auburn has one of the best defensive lines in college football and Brown is their leader, as he had 10.5 tackles for loss last year. He would’ve been selected early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but now gets another season for the Tigers.
Linebackers: Dylan Moses, Alabama; Paddy Fisher, Northwestern; Shaq Quarterman, Miami
Alabama has a star in Moses who totaled 86 tackles last season. Fisher has been all over the field for Northwestern in his career and has had over 100 tackles in each of his college seasons. Miami’s top defensive playmaker is Quarterman, who had 14 tackles for loss in 2018.
Cornerbacks: C.J. Henderson, Florida; Lavert Hill, Michigan
Henderson is a shutdown corner who doesn’t get the ball thrown his way a lot, but still had two interceptions and five passes defended. Michigan has a great corner in Hill, who had an interception and four passes defended in 2018.
Safeties: Grant Delpit, LSU; Alohi Gilman, Notre Dame
LSU has another great defensive back in Delpit, who had five interceptions last year. Gilman was a star in his first season at Notre Dame, as he had 94 tackles for the Fighting Irish.
Second Team Offense
Quarterback: Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Tagovailoa looked like he had the Heisman locked up last season, but faded down the stretch. If he can stay consistent throughout the year, he could be back in play for the Heisman Trophy this season.
Running Backs: A.J. Dillon, Boston College; Eno Benjamin, Arizona State
He had a tremendous freshman season and Dillon followed it up with a solid sophomore campaign where he rushed for 1,108 yards. Benjamin rushed for 1,642 yards in 2018 and should be poised for another big season.
Wide Receivers: Rondale Moore, Purdue; Laviska Shenault, Colorado
Moore was the most dynamic freshman in the country last season with 114 receptions for 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns. Colorado’s Shenault had 86 receptions for 1,011 yards and six touchdowns in just nine games played.
Tight End: Colby Parkinson, Stanford
Stanford has another good tight end this season in Parkinson, who caught 29 passes for 485 yards and seven touchdowns in 2018.
Offensive Tackles: Alex Leatherwood, Alabama; Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
Alabama started Leatherwood on the interior last season, but now the veteran is expected to move out to tackle. Wirfs will help Iowa run the ball effectively and with a good season, could be selected early in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Offensive Guards: Ben Bredeson, Michigan; Parker Braun, Texas
Bredeson has started 33 games for Michigan and will have to help the offense improve this season. Braun is a transfer from Georgia Tech, who should vastly improve the offensive line play at Texas.
Center: Darryl Williams, Mississippi State
The Bulldogs have moved Williams from guard to center for this season, which should help Williams thrive.
Second Team Defense
Defensive Ends: Kenny Willekes, Michigan State; Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
Willekes had a whopping 20.5 tackles for loss last year for the Spartans, demonstrating good run defense and pass rushing. At Notre Dame, Okwara has developed over the last few years and finished with eight sacks last season.
Defensive Tackles: Raequan Williams, Michigan State; Rashard Lawrence, LSU
Michigan State has another great defensive lineman in Williams, who finished last season with 10.5 sacks. Lawrence showed good run defense with 10 tackles for loss, but also had four sacks for the Tigers last season.
Linebackers: Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma; Michael Divinity, LSU; Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
Oklahoma’s defense struggled last season, but Murray was a difference maker with 155 total tackles. Divinity only had 51 total tackles last season, but will now take over as the leader of the defense, as Devin White is now in the pros. The Crimson Tide have a versatile linebacker in Jennings, who had 50 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 2018.
Cornerbacks: Trevon Diggs, Alabama; Paulson Adebo, Stanford
Diggs had one interception and six passes defended for Alabama last season and only played in six games. Stanford’s Adebo was active last year with four interceptions and 17 passes defended.
Safeties: Caden Sterns, Texas; Jordan Fuller, Ohio State
Sterns was one of the best freshmen in the country with 62 total tackles and four interceptions. Fuller was a playmaker in the Ohio State secondary with 84 total tackles last season.
Kicker: Andre Szmyt, Syracuse
Last year’s Groza Award winner, Szmyt hit 30 of 34 field goals last season.
Punter: Braden Mann, Texas A&M
Mann won the Ray Guy Award for the nation’s best punter and averaged 51 yards per punt, which was an NCAA record.
Returner: Lynn Bowden, Kentucky
Bowden misses the cut for wide receivers, but averaged 21.5 yards per kick return and had two punt return touchdowns last season.